by Jim Cole 0408 329 167
School holidays are in full swing and we have so far had a few hit-and-miss days, with strong wind warnings at times. That being said, we have seen an increased amount of traffic on the water with a several reports of good whiting and flathead being caught along the Tin Can Bay foreshore.
The flats in front of Tin Can Bay are an ideal land-based option for those prepared to wade out into a little deeper water or even paddle a kayak.
Flathead, whiting, bream and trevally are common catches throughout this area with the added bonus of the odd queenfish. There are plenty of yabby banks to pump some fresh live bait as well.
On the water, Kauri Creek is fishing well with flathead and whiting. As the days continue to warm up we should start to see an increase in mangrove jack activity, and there has already been the odd report of a few being caught. Surface lures, plastics and baits of yabbies and worms will give the desired results.
Inskip Point is fishing well at present with dart and tailor on the menu. For best results fish the low light periods around dawn and dusk, then into the night for the bigger greenbacks.
With just over a month left before the barramundi season closes for 2015, if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to cross that species off your list for the year.
On the freshwater scene, in the Mary River in Gympie look out for bass, saratoga and sooty grunter.
Mud crab activity is starting to increase and it will be worthwhile soaking a few pots. The recent rains have given the creeks a much needed flush out, and the crabs are moving.
There have been several reports of mud crabs coming from around the mouth of the creeks, as well as on the sand flats around Tin Can Bay, with the added bonus of a few sand crabs as well.
Make sure you are up-to-date with the most recent regulations regarding labelling of your pots and floats, as well as correct size and bag limits.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will be out in force over the coming weeks and you don’t want to spoil your holiday by copping a fine for something simple.
We have copies of the latest Responsible Crabbing Brochure and Green Zone maps for the Great Sandy Straits available from our tackle store. These are free publications; so there is no excuse not to grab a copy for your tackle box.
If winds are up, best to seek protection in creeks such as Carlo, Teebar and Kauri, or alternatively try Pelican Bay, Bullock Point and Double Island Point.
Beach conditions are improving, however still exercise caution and travel a few hours either side of the low tide. For the latest information on beach and inland track conditions check out http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/pdf/cooloola-conditions-report.pdf
Have a great month and tight lines.